Night Bus by Giampiero Rigosi
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Contemporary
Mystery
Set in Italy
Non-Series

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Set in Bologna
(Emilia-Romagna)
 ©2000
English Translation ©2005

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BIO
Giampiero Rigosi, born in 1962, lives and works in Bologna. He is an acclaimed literary critic, short-story and song writer as well as a producer of radio programs on mystery literature. Night Bus is his first crime novel.

Giampiero Rigosi

Night Bus
(Notturno bus)

(Translated from the Italian by Ann Goldstein)

Book Description: Leila is both young and beautiful. She drugs the men she picks up and robs them. However, problems arise when her latest client has mistakenly acquired a document that could compromise certain parties willing to kill to get it back. She becomes the hunted and while on the run meets Francesco, bus driver ad gambling addict, who agrees to help her. Bologna is the scene of the chase that ensues. Corrupt politicians, a decrepit cop and the secret service all share the limelight in this novel where characters' paths cross, merge and eventually unravel.

Synopsis: Leila is young, beautiful and a hustler. She robs hapless men picked up in the trendy nightclubs of Bologna. Easy money, until she ends up with a document at the centre of a carefully crafted plot of political blackmail. In an atmosphere of intense underworld paranoia she is pursued simultaneously by two secret service operatives, a goon hired by the blackmailer and the police. They are after the document and a suitcase full of dollars meant to be the pay-off. Chased through the streets of Bologna she comes across Francesco, a bus driver and gambling addict who spends most of his time running from the Bear, a terrifying debt collector for the mob. Suitcases and blackmail notes change hands at a frenetic pace against a background of murder and other violence beyond the fringe. A savagely funny crime adventure with an Italian twist.
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